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Life Before Recovery Schools

Adolescents living with an addiction often miss out on the best parts of being a teenager; building meaningful relationships and true blue friendships, an enjoyable and successful high school career, and self-fulfillment as personal goals are achieved. Often compounded by co-occurring mental health challenges and strained family relations, the complex needs of the recovering teen cannot be met in a traditional high school environment with typical peer networks.  Teen recovery is a fragile process; teens in recovery are vulnerable to any number of circumstances that can derail their very best efforts at abstinence.  Some of the most commonly cited causes of teen relapse include the following1:

  • Being in social situations or places where drugs are available
  • Social isolation, avoiding everyone, including recovery supports
  • Being around drugs or use of any mood-altering products
  • Stress
  • Over-confidence and complacency leading to dropping the recovery plan and supports
  • Mental/physical illness
  • Sensationalizing previous drug use, telling “war stories”
  • Boredom
  • Self-pity

Using a wrap around model that addresses each of these factors, QCRC’s goal is to identify, coordinate, and integrate the academic, social, and health care needs of the recovering teen in a seamless program delivery format. Our commitment to helping our students achieve their potential is possible through the ongoing education and development of our administrative, teaching, counselling, coaching, and support staff combined with rigorous research and evaluation of our programs, partnering with expert clinical resources, and through the establishment of alternate peer networks that support our students. Treatment is only the first step in the life long battle against addiction; recovery is a commitment that is pledged every single day and we exist to help students each and every step of the way.

1 CRC Health Group @ http://www.crchealth.com/articles/teens-in-early-recovery-ten-common-triggers-for-relapse/